Long time, isn’t it? Have you been missing me? I am back with the next interview of #mwiseries. The next Mompreneur that I am introducing to you is whom I first started following on Instagram when I had Cheeku. She is an entrepreneur, a photographer, a blogger, and a mom to a super cute, super active munchkin. Meet Disha, Founder, Label Kiara. Disha is multitalented, creative and an eminent writer. She writes about her baby and her learnings as a mom at HashtagDisha.
Her blogs are ingenious, resourceful, and witty. Let’s see what Disha has to say about her entrepreneurial journey.
Firstly, tell us a little bit about yourself and your family.
My name is Disha Bhandari Dadala, the Dadala was added after I got married to my best friend two years ago. I am a single child, not spoilt at all, with a very deep-rooted belief in my value system and free will. My paternal family is the coolest, and so are my in-laws. Life, as I know, it has not changed much after marriage so channeling my hunger to do something, has only grown.
How did the idea of Label Kiara come up? What inspired you to be an entrepreneur?
About being an entrepreneur, I’ve been dwelling on it for over five years now. I am also a photographer so working for self-kept me up and about. After #BabyHashtag, however, photo shoots took a back seat, and I was spending most of my time watching my little human grow. One night, the husband and I were just ideating, and the thought of making homegrown clothes for kids and babies with home textiles seemed too appealing to just let it pass. After weeks of work, research and planning, Label Kiara became a reality.
How tough or easy was it for you to decide to be an entrepreneur?
I am told quite often that since I am a Marwari, the trade comes naturally to me. Well, of course, it’s always in jest that I am told that. Stereotype or not, owning and running a business is more fulfilling than working for someone else. Growth can be achieved at both ends, but the tiniest of growth as an entrepreneur satisfies you a great deal and increases your hunger to do more. I am driven by that. Also the fact that, I am the boss.
How has your journey been? What do you enjoy the most being an entrepreneur?
The journey has been really great so far. It’s over five years of being an entrepreneur, and it has taught me a great deal. I am still a novice if you were to quiz me on the theory of being an entrepreneur. I think I’ll make a terrible teacher to that end. But to my sensibilities, to my learning and in my experience, I have just gotten better. I am still learning. With every order we ship, we learn a new lesson. And that is gratifying.
You are a blogger, photographer, entrepreneur and a mom to a super energetic little one, how do you juggle between all these duties?
I won’t lie to you and paint a rosy picture telling you that I have it all tied together and everything works in perfect synchronicity because it doesn’t. I get a lot of help. From my husband, my family, my house help and BabyTv. Let this not be an opportunity for people to think that I am promoting or discouraging screen time for kids. I am merely stating that there have been times when I needed to take a quick shower or have a meal or just needed ten minutes to myself. This is when the husband or one of my sisters in law take over, or BabyTv does when no one is home.
Usually, when it’s just #BabyHashtag and me at home, we play with her toys. She has currently started enjoying books and color puzzles, so while she keeps herself busy there for about 20 minutes, I type a quick blog on my phone. Or I attend to a work call. After she is down for a nap, I edit the posts, answer my emails and attend to all the other chores. On days when she is particularly cranky, babywearing has been our go-to. She is calm and happy the moment I wear her and step out.
What is your morning routine? What is the first thing you do in the morning?
My morning starts super late. I work or relax most nights and breastfeeding sessions mid sleep keep me half awake. So I usually wake up whenever the toddler wakes up. That can be anytime between 7, and 10 am. It is not ideal, but I try to get up at least by 8 am on most days to get an early start to the day. I try to squeeze in a few minutes of quiet meditation or focused breathing before diving into my day. Which is usually crazy, given that I have a jumpy toddler.
Do you get time for yourself? What is your mantra to relax and unwind?
The only time I get for myself are the times when the baby naps in the afternoon or sleeps in the night. #BabyHashtag is a very wary person, so she does not do well with people. She hangs around with family, loves to play not the garden and if someone volunteers to babysit Her, I get that time off. Usually, during that time I catch up on my social media and stream shows/movies online. I used to photograph and doodle in my free time, but the baby gets super excited seeing a camera or stationary around and wants to fiddle with it. So I’ve put a temporary break on that.
What is that one thing/person that keeps to motivated?
Myself. I’m not going to lie, there is my family that I look up to, but when it’s about work and accomplishing things, there is no higher motivation than self-motivation. And the fact that I want myself and my family to live the best life.
Do you have meltdowns? How do you handle such situations?
My temper tantrums are not as insane as I am. I am a very moody person, and when I am feeling low or dejected, I just close off. It’s not ideal, and I hate being the person who wallows but that’s worked for me for a few hours while I retrospect. In the interim, I had found solace in binge eating. Another habit that I do not support.
Whom do you attribute your success to?why?
I am not successful, not yet. It’s not a measurable commodity, success. But I have a precise notion of success in my head, and I am not there yet. To me, success is an all-inclusive growth both financially and mentally. A place in your life where you are the content of what you have achieved so far, and I am nowhere near stopping. I have a long way to go.
What are your goals for 2018?
There are a lot of personal goals that have been benchmarked for this year. Taking a holiday with the husband and the baby is on top of the list. Also, a couple of things we need to add to the family collection before the year is over. On the work front, big things are happening for Label Kiara. I’m also revamping the blogging-photographing working styles in the coming months. Let’s see how that goes!
What is your advice to people who want to be entrepreneurs?
Just do it.
No idea, big or small, is insignificant or unreal. If you have the conviction and the belief in your goal, just work on it. Give it all you got and see how that pans out. Being an entrepreneur is about having patience and consistency, strong will and a lot of heart…
Thank you, Disha for being a part of #mwiseries. You’re indeed an inspiration to all of us 🙂
Thank you for stopping by.
Until next time,